Bettsville disbands police department

BETTSVILLE — Village council members made it official Tuesday night when they approved an ordinance disbanding the Bettsville Police Department effective June 1, 2017, waiving the three-reading rule.

They have since contracted with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, with Deputy Deker Kneeskern providing coverage.

Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz announced a trailer and 1,000-gallon water tank has been purchased. He said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations required the village to have an alternate supply of water in case of emergency in their contingency plans.

Dabrunz also said he is seeking quotes for paving several streets and three maple trees are being cut down while others are being examined for needs.

JLB Fire Department’s Reverse Raffle is Saturday at Ole Zim’s. Tickets are $50 person and may be obtained by contacting the fire house at (419) 986 5141 or the Blue Eagle Bar at (419) 986 5639.

Councilman Rob Toy led a discussion on the village receiving internet only service from Amplex. He said residents must make up their own mind, but did warn the service was slower than other services and does not offer cable television. Members have questions about the village’s responsibility and want to invite company representative Brian Hintze to their next meeting.

In other action, council:

• Heard all accounts total $1,799,314.53 as of March 2.

• Adopted an ordinance accepting the 2018 permanent appropriations.

• Heard the first reading of the ordinance requiring all properties of Bettsville have reflective house and business numbers in plain view on the address side of their property for emergency personnel carrying a $25 per day penalty for non-display after 30 days from passage.

• Approved Solicitor Alex Smith sending letters through the Tiffin court to 123 delinquent RITA payees.

• Approved a 10-percent increase in cell tower payments.

• Announced Public Records Training is 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m. April 13 at North Central Ohio Education Service Center.

• Approved Reflection Ministries using H.P. Eells Park for 6 a.m. April 1 Easter sunrise services.

• Heard a request to scuba dive in the park quarry in July.

• Are exploring ideas for the Seneca County Park District grant due May 1.

• Discussed July 4 fireworks costs and hosting a fishing derby.

• Are compiling results of a village survey on the creation of a splash pad at the park.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 2.